Chanting mantras is an excellent tool for meditation, especially for those who have a hard time sitting in silence. By chanting a mantra, you are giving your mind a direction so that it knows what is up. Mantras can also be used for specific ends as well.
During pregnancy, one of the most invaluable mantras is the Adi Shakti mantra. Yogis believe that the soul enters a fetus at 120 days of gestation. By chanting this mantra, you can actually change the karma of the soul who is entering. So, what if you don’t do it before 120 days? Well, all is not lost- the mantra is just that powerful!
When the fetus has differentiated into a gender, the environment inside the womb which contains a male becomes more acid, in what the yogis refer to as the “acid bath”. This acidity hinders the development of the right brain (intuition, empathy, abstraction, etc.) and promotes the development of the left brain (logic, order, duty, etc.) These left-brained traits served men (and women) well in the past. A man leaving his family to go hunting, knowing full well that he might not return, could not afford sentimentality. Now, entering into the Aquarian Age, our lifeways are different and we need a world full of intuitive, empathetic and compassionate MEN! Chanting the Adi Shakti Mantra reduces the effect of this acid bath on the brain of the developing baby.
If the fetus is female, chanting the mantra has the effect of elevating her spiritually. For the woman chanting (pregnant or not) it forges a connection with the Divine Feminine. So really, there is no reason not to chant it!
Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti
Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti
Pritham Bhagwati, Pritham Bhagwati, Pritham Bhagwati
Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti
If you decide to try it out, you can always sing along with this beautiful version by Snatam Kaur and GuruGanesha Singh.
I’ve really made some changes in my life recently that I am happy about.
Two new classes fell into my lap and, I LOVE these students. They are Kundalini Yoga teachers and so we talk about KY, do kriyas in English, drink chai tea or talk about our lives. I am so grateful for the extra money and the companionship. Also, being around these women gave me the extra push I needed to..
Finally join a Kundalini yoga class again. I’m going Monday and Wednesday and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! My body has been neglected for so long that the past few weeks I was in so much pain the day after classes. Each class a new muscle group would hurt. With each week, I am getting a little stronger and I know that my body is loving all the extra care and attention it is getting. Also, having a special place for meditation is nice.
I’ve been a bit more social. I’ve reconnected with a friend that just kind of fell away a while back and am trying to get out of myself more. It helps not having long stretches of morning with nothing to do, except have temptation to stay on the Internet for hours at a time.
Anyway, with all of these changes, I have decided that it is a great time to return to raw foods. My diet has been pretty good recently. I’ve let go of the wheat for the most part, eating lots of wild greens, having green juices, etc., but there is always a bit more tweaking to do. The sugar beast has come again and I really want to deal with that. I had quit coffee for a few days but it just creeped back in. One thing at a time. Also, now it is Spring and the weather is warm and my body is feeling a strong need for salads and lighter, more easily digestible things. I want to listen to and honor that.
So, as a way to help myself and to share my way of being, I am going to post what I eat. It may not be 100% raw, but i am striving for a high proportion.